There will be plenty of White Mountain volleyball talent on display when the state playoffs get under way in central Phoenix on Friday, Nov. 3.
Heading into the final matches of the regular season, Snowflake was ranked atop Division 3A and Mogollon was No. 1 in Div. 1A. The final rankings by the Arizona Interscholastic Association help determine the pairings for the 1A, 2A and 3A state tournaments.
While the Lobos (17-0) and Mustangs (16-0) are assured a top seed, at least one more team, Blue Ridge, which lost narrowly, 3-2, at Snowflake in Thursday’s finale, looks to finish with a top eight ranking and a berth in the state tournament. The Yellow Jackets (14-3) were ranked No. 4 in Thursday's AIA rankings.
Round Valley, 14-3 in the regular season won the 2A East championship and will receive an automatic berth in the state tournament.
Like 3A, Division 2A will have play-in tournaments involving teams ranked 9 to 24 to determine the remaining eight teams in the state tournament. St. Johns will travel to Willcox for play-in tournament Thursday night in a must-win situation to get to state.
Phoenix Arcadia High will host the AIA 2A State Volleyball Championships.
The 3A play-in tournaments are at the higher seeds on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Show Low, Payson and Holbrook, ranked 16th, 17th and 18th on Wednesday, are three other 3A East teams in must-win situations on Tuesday in order to advance to the state playoffs at Phoenix Camelback High on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4.
The top 16 teams, in general, head to the 1A state tournament at Phoenix North High on Nov. 3-4. The top two teams from the 1A Central Section will determined by a sectional tournament, held today, Oct. 20, at Mogollon High.
Section champs also receive automatic berths.
Arizona Interscholastic Association
Division 2A Play-In Tournament
Thursday, Oct. 26
All at 6 p.m.
No. 24 Miami at No. 9 Phoenix Horizon Honors
No. 17 St. Johns at No. 16 Willcox
No. 18 Kingman Academy at No. 15 Benson
No. 21 Gilbert Leading Edge at No. 12 Tempe Prep
No. 22 Morenci at No. 11 Pima
No. 20 Chandler Prep at No. 13 Sedona Red Rock
No. 19 Northland Prep at No. 14 Arizona Lutheran
No. 23 Parker at No. 10 Phoenix Country Day